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When everything goes wrong: How to deal with the unexpected during your research

While research brings its own set of obstacles and challenges, many of these can be expected and prepared for. However, during your research, life can throw things at you that you would have never predicted. Amy reflects on unexpected events... Continue Reading →

The basics of intellectual property rights

A PhD is all about finding out or doing something new and exciting. But who do these ideas belong to? Who has the rights to the knowledge you have gained during your hard work over those long years? In this... Continue Reading →

“OH NO” Moments during your PhD

Doing a PhD is a serious endeavour that comes with unavoidable setbacks. But sometimes, these setbacks can turn out to be funny in their own way. Jenny reflects on the value of humour during these stressful moments. It started with... Continue Reading →

Onwards and upwards: preparing to start your PhD

At this time of year, many of you might be starting to think about the next stage in your career, whether that be moving to a new university or starting a new research endeavour. Here, Amy discusses some of the... Continue Reading →

3 tips on working from home… productively

Working from home might sound great, but it can prove to be a chore. In this blog post, Maria offers her top tips on how you can make working from home effective for you. University libraries are great spaces for... Continue Reading →

Viva Worries: Asked and Answered

The viva can bring out our worst doubts about our PhD dissertations and about ourselves, making us question the worth of our work and ourselves as researchers. Jenny Mak offers some responses to ease these worries in a constructive way.... Continue Reading →

What is it like to spend term three in a research lab?

With term three in full swing, a lot of the university is gearing up for final exams and handing in dissertations. But what is research like when you have to spend time in a research laboratory?  Amy shares her experiences... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a demonstrator (2)

Demonstrating is filled with new challenges and experiences for postgraduates, Pippa talks about more of the unexpected scenarios she found herself in and what followed.  The demonstrating season has now ended for me. It brought even more confessions than I... Continue Reading →

PhD upgrade: A survival guide

At this time of academic year, many doctoral researchers in their first year of study are preparing for upgrade review. As a second year PhD student (one that survived the upgrade process!) Sophie has provided some tips to help you... Continue Reading →

What I wish I knew when I started my PhD

Starting a PhD comes with certain hopes and expectations, but the journey itself can bring some completely unexpected ups and downs. Here are some of the surprises Maria encountered, and what they taught her. When I started my PhD, I... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a demonstrator (1)

During a PhD, you are strongly advised to take part in demonstrating and teaching. Great for your portfolio. But what does it entail and what should you expect? Here, Pippa talks about some of the things she found during her... Continue Reading →

How to survive your research degree: overcoming obstacles and dealing with disappointment

We all encounter obstacles and disappointment while conducting our research, but it’s important to look for help when we need it, and use these experiences to learn from our mistakes.  Amy gives some advice for when your research isn’t quite... Continue Reading →

The Power of Introduction

Words hold power, especially those that we use to introduce ourselves and our doctoral research to different audiences. Jenny Mak considers the implications behind the words that we select and their potential to direct our academic goals. While doing a... Continue Reading →

How to survive doing your PhD when you have no funding? (2)

If you don’t have a scholarship, a student loan or a family who can support you, but you still wish to do a PhD, you’ll be facing several dilemmas. Obviously, you will need to fund yourself somehow, but doing your... Continue Reading →

Love your data

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the Library’s Scholarly Communications Manager, Julie Robinson, explains why you need to love your research data. Timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day, LoveDataWeek is an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness and sharing good practice around... Continue Reading →

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